Help the Shuker family cope with their son Hunter's tragic burn injury and the month's of rehabilitation ahead.
Lake Hāwea, Otago
Late in September Jimmy and Stacey Shuker experienced every parent’s worst nightmare. Their youngest son Hunter was involved in an accident and suffered burns to 60% of his body. He was rushed by helicopter from Lake Hawea to Christchurch Hospital where he spent time in ICU and is now in the Children’s High Care Unit.
The burns cover his thighs stomach chest arms hands and face. It is still early days. He is in significant pain and must endure dressing changes under anaesthesia.
Jimmy and Stacey have been told he will require extensive rehabilitation and support as he recovers over an extended period of time. This included treatment in Christchurch and may also include travel to Dunedin for further treatment, specialist physio & counselling sessions.
This kind of accident is life threatening and life changing. The Shuker family are hard workers who are never out for a handout. They are survivors, but in this case, they need some help. Anything you can contribute would be humbly accepted by the family to help assist with the many costs associated with this tragic accident.
Your kind donations would be most appreciated.
The family wish to express gratitude for any donation. They are clear any unused funds will be gifted back to those who helped during this frightening time. This includes the local ambulance service, air ambulance service and Ronald McDonald House.
I am a lifetime family friend of the Shuker's who have always pride themselves in looking after their own needs. Let's now support them in their time of need.
These funds are to help the family with costs associated with loss of income, repeat travel to Christchurch/Dunedin, accommodation, food and necessities. This is a long road for the family with many medical appointments in the foreseeable future.
Thank you 8 October 2021
An update from Stacey: "Jimmy and I are humbled by everybody’s thoughtful messages and donations, it’s over whelming for us to handle on top of what our wee boys have been through and what struggles hunter faces each day here in hospital. Hunter has come leaps and bounds in a week from being sedated, incubated, feeding tube ,catheter and wrapped up like a mummy from knees to face. Today was his second anesthetised dressing change as it’s still way to painful, he’s hit amazing milestones with catheter out yesterday and now we just need him to eat solids and be rid of the feeding tube. Plastics doctors are very happy with his healing and so are we.
Thank you Kia kaha."
This is the most recent picture of Hunter after Stacey gave him a wash and combed his hair (for those who know Hunter this may have caused some trauma!). Jimmy and Stacey are obviously exhausted - long days/nights at the hospital and all the stress and uncertainty around the recovery. I know this money has will allow them to focus on Hunter's recovery and their own self care rather than stressing about the costs involved. They are obviously a much loved family and your contributions are heart warming in these crazy uncertain times of Covid. Many thanks Claire x